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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites
you to the monthly luncheon meeting...
Wednesday September 26, 2018

How the International Labour Organization (ILO) Is
Responding to the Radically Changing World of Work

Applying Fundamental Principles to New Circumstances

with guest speaker
Kevin Cassidy
Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and
Multilateral Organizations for the ILO for the United States

The International Labour Organization (ILO) was established in 1919 in the wake of WWI on the premise that social justice is required for lasting peace.  For the past 100 years, the premise has guided the ILO in dealing with a wide range of evolving threats to social justice such as: fragmentation of supply chains; fissuring of employment; women’s and migrants’ rights; workplace violence; and the changing roles of governments, unions, and employers in a globalizing economy.

What is the ILO’s response? What is it doing and what should it do?  What threats and challenges is it currently facing?

Mr. Cassidy, with over 33 years of international development experience, is currently the Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations for the ILO Office for the United States. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Senior Communications and Economic and Social Affairs Officer for 11 years in the ILO Office for the United Nations. He holds a Masters’ of Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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  • Time: Sign-in begins: 11:30; Lunch: 12:00; Presentation and Q&A: 12:45 - 1:30.
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The DC LERA is on the cusp of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer–employee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor rela­tions professionals, union leaders, policy special­ists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA’s program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington’s diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attachés and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
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If you missed a 2018 meeting...

Trump’s “Unwavering Attack” on Federal Unions and Employees with guest speaker Joe Davidson, Washington Post Columnist on Federal Government Issues Click here to read more...

“As Long as it Takes” Educators Taking a Stand Across the Nation with guest speaker Mary Kusler, Senior Director for the Center for Advocacy National Education Association (NEA) Click here to read more...
Extreme Vetting: Political Theater in the Nation’s Capital with guest speaker Dana Milbank, Author and Columnist for The Washington Post
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The Janus Case Before the Supreme Court: Does It Threaten Public Sector Labor Relations? with Judy Rivlin, General Counsel, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)  Click here to read more...
Designing Reality: How to Survive & Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution with guest speaker Professor Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Heller School for Social Policy &  Management, Brandeis University 
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The Opioid Crisis: Health Effects on Unions and Health Funds with Jamie Becker, Director, Health Promotions, Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America  Click here to read more...

If you missed a
2017  meeting...

Worker Voice: Collective Bargaining & New Forms of Advocacy with guest Harry Katz, Professor, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and President, Labor and Employment Relations Association 
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The State of Working America: Past as Prologue with Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute Click here to read more.
Sewing Hope: How One Factory Challenges
the Apparel Industry’s Sweatshops
A talk by
Prof. John Kline
Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, Georgetown School of Foreign Service Click here for more information...
The National Labor Relations Board
The Challenges Ahead
A talk by Philip A. Miscimarra, Chairman
of the NLRB
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The Toughest Job in Sports: Representing NFL Football Players
A talk by DeMaurice “De” Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)  Click here to read more...

Impact of Trade Policies on Labor & Employment: Global Developments and Emerging Trends
...With world leaders debating the future of trade, proponents assert that expanded trade through regional
or bilateral agreements will lift all boats while opponents decry its negative impact on a wide range of workers and local economies. What’s going on and how should we evaluate proposed future policies? A panel discussion chaired by professor Padideh Ala’i, Director of the Program on Trade, Investment and Development (TID) at America University’s Washington School
of Law. Joining Prof. Ala’I with their expert insights on some of these issues, such as the new Canada-EU Trade Agreement, included: Ben Harrison, Senior Trade Advisor, European Union Delegation to the U.S. and Jeff Wheeler, DC LERA President and adjunct assistant professor, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy.

Muslim Americans in the Workplace: Melting Pot or Boiling Cauldron? with guest speakers Meira Neggaz and Qasim Rashid. Click here to learn more...

Why Some
Rustbelt Cities
Are Becoming the Smartest Places on Earth
A talk by Antoine van Agtmael, Senior Advisor Foreign Policy Analytics. Click here to learn more...
From the Mines to Your
Smartphone –
The Hidden Costs Workers Pay:
A talk by Todd Frankel, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Click here to learn more...

Labor Confronts a New Era: Why US Unions Face an Existential Crisis, and What They Can Do to Meet It, A Symposium Led by Joseph McCartin, Professor, Georgetown University and Director, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

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